Media

1976

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  • The Village Voice publishes 21 pages of excerpts from a secret House Select Committee on Intelligence report on U.S. intelligence activities that was highly critical of Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. The published excerpts also include verbatim texts of CIA cables and testimony. CBS television newsman Daniel Schorr later admits to leaking the report to the Voice, but will not reveal his source. Schorr was taken off the air and eventually resigned from CBS.
  • Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is named best album in the Pazz & Jop Music Critics poll.
  • The Voice‘s parent company, New York Magazine Company, launches New West, a west-coast version of New York Magazine in Los Angeles and a national version of The Village Voice, titled National Voice. 150,000 copies of National Voice go on sale in college towns and metropolitan locations west of the Mississippi. National Voice folds after six months of publishing. New West survives for 15 years.
  • Thomas B. Morgan resigns as editor of The Village Voice. Managing editor Marianne Partridge succeeds Morgan.
  • TV show creator Normal Lear responds to writer Clark Whelton’s critical review of Lear’s show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Lear pledges the program will improve or he “will eat an issue of The Village Voice in a store window of your choice.” The Voice suggests Macy’s or Gimbels.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture show arrives in New York City at the Waverly Theater. Advertising is placed in the Voice and the first midnight showing of the film sells out. It was at the Waverly that the audience first began acting out the scenes of the now cult classic.
  • Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese’s famous film about 26-year-old Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro), debuts. The movie depicts the seedier side of New York City through the eyes of a mentally unstable Vietnam-vet who takes a job as a New York City taxi driver.
  • Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale accept the nominations for President and Vice President at the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Carter quotes Bob Dylan in his acceptance speech, saying, “We have an America that, in Bob Dylan’s phrase, is Ôbusy being born, not busy dying.'” Carter goes on to win the general election over incumbent Gerald Ford.
  • James Ridgeway begins writing for the Voice.
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